The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen wants to hear from South Okanagan businesses on how it can help them to better recycle paper, plastic, and other materials.

And it’s got a couple of incentives to make it worth an owner or manager’s time.

“When we speak to businesses they all agree that recycling is important,” said Cameron Baughen, the regional district’s Solid Waste Management Coordinator, adding businesses say they face multiple obstacles to improve the practice.

“Their individual reasons why they don’t recycle more are unique. The RDOS is committed to help businesses and multi-family units divert waste from landfills. Learning more about their issues is the first step.”

Those obstacles include lack of service, confusion about what is recyclable, and high costs.

The RDOS is encouraging businesses throughout the region to participate in an online survey to ensure that the voice of the business community is heard in advance of any new bylaws, policies, or programs being created for both recycling and potentially composting.

Businesses that would like to voice business recycling concerns and composting are asked to visit to complete a 10-minute survey and enter to win a one-night stay and dinner for two at Watermark Beach Resort or a $100 gift card from the local business of their choice.

The Regional District is also looking to hear from managers and residents of multi-family buildings.

The RDOS hosted workshops for businesses in August to understand their barriers to recycling and ask for ideas on how to overcome them.

“We have heard some interesting feedback from businesses about why they aren’t recycling more. Issues they are facing include cost, space and storage issues, lack of service, inconvenience, and lack of education,” said Andrea Mackintosh, who has been consulting directly with the business community.

“They also have some creative ideas on how to overcome these barriers, and we want to hear more from businesses all across the RDOS.”


Businesses interested in a waste audit can contact Andrea Mackintosh at 250-212-5523 or


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